You may have heard John perform at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and if so,you know how entertaining he can be, but his festival performances are just the tip of the iceberg. On November 23 John is coming to Utah and this is your opportunity to see him at his best, on a stage, in full concert. John will take you on a journey and the whole family is invited to come along...
We love our sponsors! Timpanogos Storytelling simply would not survive without them. Today, we would like to congratulate our superstar sponsor, Kaleidoscope Pictures. They were awarded a Regional Emmy for their program, The Song That Changed My Life: Howard Jones. Kaleidoscope first connected with Timpanogos Storytelling in 2011 when they filmed What’s Your Story? A Donald Davis Workshop. Along the way, they fell in love with storytelling. . .
I tried to warn them, but they came anyway, all 24 contestants, came and told their scary stories. All seemed to be going well; no sign of danger anywhere. The stories were creative and fantastic. The judges and I agreed that time was flying by and we were entertained as was the audience. Then we heard a rushing sound coming from the north side of the room as the giant mass of red goo swept through the Storytelling Wing like a flash flood. What was I supposed to do? I had no weapons . . .
The key to making any lesson go from interesting to memorable is a story. A carefully chosen, well-timed story can help a student understand and remember the lesson, and – more importantly- understand how to apply the lesson to their lives. Researchers have found that a human brain can retain more information if it is given in story form then if it is given through a list. . .
It was such a wonderful year for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and so it is no wonder that we are having a hard time officially saying goodbye. But, alas, all things must come to an end—and besides we have some fun things coming up in the next couple of months. As we make our final goodbye, we offer this look back in pictures at the 24th annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival:
It is Saturday, 6 pm at the Orem Public library and I have just picked up the last of the entry forms for our new “Hauntings” storytelling competition. The library is now closed and I head back to my car so excited for the contest next weekend I can hardly stand it. I tuck the entry forms under my arm. As I approach my car I notice it is partially engulfed in a red gelatinous mass. . .
With the temperatures (finally!) starting to creep slowly down the thermometer, my thoughts are increasingly turning toward my very favorite season: fall. With sweaters, hot chocolate, all things pumpkin flavored, leaves changing colors, crisp air, boots, soup, and football, what is not to love about this season? And with Halloween just around the corner. . .
A few days ago, I returned to Colorado with my family from another extraordinary experience at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Twenty-four years of excellence is no small feat. Everyone who ever has been or is currently involved in the festival or mid-winter conference can be very proud. I am a storyteller and teacher among many other things. Most of my life, my telling of personal anecdotes was limited to the dinner table or my classroom, usually to make a point. . .